Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Finials Rock!!

Lamps, like many things, have a surprisingly high number of components. Like most people, I didn’t know what any of them were except the obvious; base, shade and bulb. All familiar words right? What about Finial (fin-ee-al)? Yes, I know you have probably heard it but did you ever really know what it was? No, a finial is not some kind of fancy dog or a French designer, it is actually a very small but important piece on every lamp.

Finials are the little decorative (or not), piece screwed to the very top part of the lamp that holds the shade on. According to my research, finials date back to somewhere in the late 1890’s.

The definition of a finial is pretty much any decorative piece at the top or corner of a building, bedpost, gable, clock, chair, flagpole and of course a lamp. It is believed finials were originally put on roofs to keep witches from landing on them. I guess people liked the look so much the decided to use them on further items.

Since finials have been added as a decorative feature on a lamp they can rang from anything such as birds, precious gems, metal balls, wood, crystal and Dawn’s favorite, Lucite.

There you go one of the many components of the lamp. Although this information is may seem useless now you never know when it will come up as a trivia question when you are sitting at a bar trying to win free drinks. Trust me you’ll thank me later.

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